2018 three-star in-state point guard David DeJulius has been committed to Michigan since December. Ranked as the number two point guard in the Midwest, he transferred from a Class C school to Class A Detroit Edison PSA this past year. Needless to say, the 6-foot 190-pounder's decision to transfer paid dividends for the young point guard this season.
While he achieved one of his major goals he set forth this season, he believes he left a lot on the table.
"Actually one of my goals [this season] was to get a Michigan offer and commit there and that goal is met," DeJulius said. "As far as the winning standpoint, I did not meet the goals that I wanted to. I didn't have any goals as far as points, that didn't really matter. I can kind of go out and play and it happened to be that way. [Scoring points] doesn't really mean anything but far as winning standpoint I didn't reach the goals that I wanted to."
With the Wolverines coaching staff staying busy in the month of March with a magical Big Ten and NCAA Tournament run, it would be understandable if they were to focus on the current recruiting class. That isn't the case here, as DeJulius says he maintains consistent contact with assistant Saddi Washington and plans to pick up the talks between himself and head coach John Beilein.
"I talk with Saddi [Washington] a few times a week," DeJulius said. "I want to say I talk to Coach Beilein once every two to three weeks during the season. Before the season started I would talk to him once every five-to-six days."
The way Beilein utilizes the point guard position, and seeing the progression of Derrick Walton Jr. this season, would be enticing for any young point guard. For DeJulius, with an opportunity to see some playing time as a true freshman, he believes he fits the U-M system very well.
"I feel like I would fit very well," DeJulius said. "I like to use ball screens and Michigan uses it a lot. I can also evolve my teammates if I had the luxury of leading my team and the way Coach Beilein uses his point guards. I feel like my game is very conducive to the offense and the style of play Michigan plays."
It appears that Beilein has plans for DeJulius. While nothing is ever guaranteed in terms of on-floor minutes, Beilein said that he would like to see DeJulius be the natural leader he views him to be. Even going far as saying that he could even see starting minutes if he were a part of the 2018 class.
"Coach Beilein says that I'm a natural leader," DeJulius said. "He said if I was on the team this [coming season], I would start. When I come in, he wants me to be a leader and just be the guy. He didn't promise me any starting spots, which I didn't want any promises. He just said that I go in, play my heart out and do what you do. The best five players play. He just wants me to come in and be a leader."
With a long way to go until his signing day, DeJulius will be busy working on his game in preparation for his arrival in Ann Arbor.
When asked what he's working on, he mentioned three specific areas he would like to see himself grow.
"Right now I've been improving my IQ," DeJulius said. "Really right now I'm just improving my athleticism so I can defend better and things of that nature. I would say the three things would be keeping my jump shot consistent, getting my IQ better and obviously getting my athleticism up."